Urgent Call to Action – Support the Treesitter blocking Tennessee Gas Pipeline

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Reposted from hudsonvalleyearthfirst

Tree clearing has already begun for the Tennessee gas pipeline in Milford, PA where a base of local support has already been organizing. We’re asking folks to come throw down! – Let us know of your availability, the sooner the better.

If you can come down to help out on the ground or make a donation of anything on the list, it’d be greatly appreciated…we are especially in need of folks with medic or direct action experience, but these skills are not necessary to help out.
Below is a list of supplies that we might need:

  • Warm clothes (wool stuff, socks, gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Food
  • Legal Funds (click here to donate)
  • Climbing Gear (new prussiks, ropes, carabeeners, harnesses)
  • Outdoor store(s) gift cards (gander Mtn, cabellos, eastern mountain sports, etc
  • Rain Gear
  • tarps
  • Camping GearU-Locks, Bike Locks, handcuffs
  • Cement
  • PVC Pipe
  • Chicken Wire
  • 55 gallon drums metal or plastic
  • Water Filtration
  • A Truck or other vehicles for donation (junk cars ok)
  • very long aluminum poles or logs
  • banner materials (sheer or parachute material)
  • truck rope
  • small bed frames
  • Yurtsrocket stoves

For more info visit: http://www.notennesseepipeline.blogspot.com

or contact us at: notennesseepipeline@gmail.com or 845-542-7541

PDATE 2:13 pm: Ground supporters are released from detention by Police officers.

UPDATE 12:24 pm: Ground Support for Gifford have cooperated with police to leave the park and are being detained by two officers who had placed them in their vehicle handcuffed, but indicated that they are not under arrest. Gifford remains in the tree and is strongly committed to staying and protecting the area from fracking and the Pipeline.

UPDATE 9:24 am: An independent contractor,Mike with TGP’s Michle has informed protesters that law enforcement has been called but no felling would take place unless “it’s safe.”

UPDATE 8:15 am: Protesters contacted by surveyors,

Milford, PA, February 19 2012 – Neighboring Orange County, NY resident Gifford Pinchot, has erected a tree stand to prevent the designated clear cutting required to for construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) Upgrade between Foster Hill and Cummings Hill roads.

The Northeast Upgrade would transport additional Marcellus Shale gas west to east  from hydraulically fractured wells along Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. Hydrofracking, or fracking, has become a controversial method of extracting natural gas due to its reputation for contaminating local waterways, dangerously disposing of ‘frack’ waste, and other social, economic, and environmental concerns.

Pinchot said, “I’m concerned that the TGP ‘s project  is set to go through six sensitive wetlands on its way to Cummins Hill, clearing through mature forest and important ecological habitat, including endangered species.” Cummins Hill is a cultural icon for Milford, being home to at least one bald eagle’s nest as well as being an economic resource for ecotourism. Pinchot added his frustration with the statement, “These gas executives just want to extract from our communities- take what they can and leave us to deal with ecological devastation.”

Simultaneously a large banner reading, “No Pipeline!” in bold black and red lettering was dropped in solidarity, over the interstate 84 overpass on Cummins Hill Rd to display support for the blockades that have been ongoing since Monday. A  lock down on Monday and Tuesday to a Delaware State Forest gate that blocked access to the slated clear-cut is now in it’s third day with Alex Lotorto and Cornelia Pinochot. Trained Emergency Medical Technicians are on site for both actions.

These actions are part of a campaign opposing the Tennessee Pipeline in the Delaware River Basin. The direct action campaign is taking place after nearly two years of local political leaders and grassroots opposition in the courts, public comment, and protest.

This week will culminate with family friendly events, including a vigil on Friday at 5PM at the traffic light in Milford (intersection of Broad and Harford, also Rte 6  and Rte 209, where the Yale School of Forestry was founded and a sidewalk march Saturday afternoon  from the Milford traffic light  across the Milford Bridge, over the Delaware River, to Montague NJ. All are welcome to attend.

At 1pm-3pm Deleware River Keeper is hosting a public meet-up at the Water Wheel Cafe in Milford to help residents watchdog TGP Pipeline tree-clearing activities.

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Contact:

Alex Lotorto, Pike County, PA Resident 570-269-9589 / alotorto@gmail.com

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One response to “Urgent Call to Action – Support the Treesitter blocking Tennessee Gas Pipeline

  1. croatanearthfirst

    Reblogged this on Earth First! Newswire.

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